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comment Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
@T.E.D.: You're missing the point. Grant was responsible for the actions of the Army of the Potomac, but that wasn't the limit of his responsibility. If you're going to judge Grant's generalship, you need to consider the attacks on the Army of Virginia and Sherman's sweep through the south.
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comment Did any of the 50 Destroyers swapped for bases with Great Britain in 1940 sink any Axis military vessels?
@Major Stackings: Those destroyers were completed in the early 1920s, and didn't see service in WWI. Completing hundreds of destroyers that were not of the best design (the late war British V&Ws were much better) right after a war is one of the USN's dumber moves.
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comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@Sid: The US was getting involved in the war in Europe about as fast as Roosevelt thought he could push it. The USN already was at war in the Atlantic, from September 1941 on. Having the US formally in the war in December 1941 actually created problems for the Allies.
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comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@Rodrigo: Yes, since Vietnam was over the US military has taken very light casualties in wartime. In the 1991 Gulf War, during the ground action US deaths were, if anything, a bit lower than you'd expect from a comparable group of civilians in the US.
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comment Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?
Light bombers operated from carriers, and USN dive bombers and torpedo bombers (used as level bombers) were reasonably effective, and likely more accurate (if more vulnerable) than the fighter-bombers actually used.
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answered Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
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comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
You're leaving out crossbows, which were tactically similar to early arquebuses, but required a lot less training than longbows.
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comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
What do you mean by "handgun"? I can see an argument for guns small enough to be carried by one person, but restricting it to pistols and the like seems excessive.
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answered Attempts to return the War to the South's favor after Gettysburg
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answered Did The Soviet Union Need Both Prongs to Succeed At the Battle of Stalingrad?
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comment Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
The Viet Cong were mostly ineffectual after 1968, and whether they gave up or not wouldn't have affected the outcome. The 1975 offensive was basically the NVA.
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comment Why did Chamberlain act to appease Hitler leading up to the outbreak of World War 2?
Let's not forget the exaggerated size of the Luftwaffe, and the tremendous overestimation of the effects of air power before the war.